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House Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Bill will protect farmers and ranchers from overregulation, support rural communities, help the hungry, and maintain food and drug safety

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Washington, July 8, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The proposed legislation funds important agricultural and food programs and services, including food and medical product safety, animal and plant health programs, rural development and farm services, marketplace oversight, and nutrition programs.
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WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The proposed legislation funds important agricultural and food programs and services, including food and medical product safety, animal and plant health programs, rural development and farm services, marketplace oversight, and nutrition programs.

The bill totals $20.65 billion in discretionary funding, which is $175 million lower than the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $1.1 billion below the President’s budget request. Including both discretionary and mandatory funding for various nutrition programs, the overall bill totals $143.9 billion. The legislation targets this funding to national programs that have the most benefit to the American people and the U.S. economy, while reducing inefficient, wasteful, or lower-priority programs and agencies. In addition, the bill contains several policy provisions to rein in regulatory overreach, such as unnecessary red tape that harms the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers and that impedes growth in vital U.S. industries.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of the Central Valley and federal decisions regarding the agriculture sector affect far more than just those who farm," said Congressman Valadao, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Agriculture Subcommittee. He continued, "Today, the Committee passed a bipartisan appropriations bill that will help our agriculture industries, assists our rural communities, and strengthen both our local and national economy. Not only does the legislation provide funding for rural community development while reducing bureaucratic red tape that hinders economic growth but the bill also includes many provisions that will directly benefit Central Valley farmers, ranchers, and growers, and as a result, all Central Valley communities."

Key provisions of the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill include:
  • Increases funding for programs to combat citrus greening, a disease severely impacting California citrus production
  • Continues current funding levels for mutual and self-help housing grants that families in rural communities
  • Directs the USDA to focus efforts on assisting, small, disadvantaged, and severely disadvantaged communities access funding and expertise to develop sustainable water supplies and improve their wastewater systems
  • Clarifies eligibility requirements for rural loans and grant programs to ensure local communities have the information necessary to apply for such programs
  • Requires the Secretary of the USDA to conduct a risk evaluation on certain countries the United States imports fresh beef from to ensure the safety and health of the American people. 

A summary of the legislation can be found here

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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